Rep. Linda Sanchez’ Statement on Bipartisan SGR Fix
Washington, DC- Congresswoman Linda Sanchez issued the following statement after the House passed bipartisan legislation to reform the Medicare payment system:
“Today’s vote is proof that leaders on both sides of the aisle can come together to make tough decisions and pass meaningful legislation that helps our most vulnerable children, families, and seniors.
Our country’s community clinics, which provide affordable care to 7 million Americans, will receive $7.2 billion in funding under this agreement. Also included in today’s bill are provisions to fight fraud and abuse and a permanent extension of the program that pays Medicare premiums for low-income seniors
In the spirit of compromise, some difficult concessions had to be made in order to reach this agreement. I am concerned with restrictions that deny the use of federal funds to pay for family planning services at community centers. Ensuring women have the right to make decisions about their health is a priority for me and I am committed to fighting restrictions that curb those rights.
Despite my concerns, I know the reforms included in today’s legislation will prolong the life of Medicare, improve care, and ensure doctors get rewarded for quality, not quantity. It is a win for seniors, children and doctors who provide critical care to millions of Americans.”